Montessu Isola dei Nuraghi IGT 2016

Agricola Punica

Montessu Isola dei Nuraghi IGT 2016 play

Region: Italy / Sardinia
Grapes: 60% Carignano, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 10% Syrah

Montessu comes from Sulcis Iglesiente, a region within southwest Sardinia whose brown earth has sandy soil that is a mixture of clay and limestone. This combines with warm, well-exposed terrain to form ideal conditions to produce great red wines. The blend’s predominant grape is Carignano, a Spanish variety found throughout the area which gives Montessu soft, elegant tannins and high pH. Exceptional wine growing conditions are also ideal for the International varieties Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, which has recently been planted. Low base production per hectare (6,000 liters/ha) and the climate conditions favor optimal phenolic maturation. The final blend for Montessu is a mix of grapes balanced for the best results in the specific conditions of each harvest.

93 Points

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2016 vintage
93 Points

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2016 vintage
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harvest note

The 2016 vintage had an overall good season, with a hot and dry Summer that helped the Vermentino grapes reach the height of ripening. In the beginning of September, the grapes were ready for the harvesting. There were a few rains in late in September, though not relevant for the white grapes. The quality of the grapes was wonderful.

tasting note

The wine has notes of jam, ripe fruit, myrtle and juniper. In mouth, the wine has full-bodied black fruit flavors, with soft, saline notes, with elegant traces of rosemary and black pepper, enhancing a long, silky finish.

food pairing

Pairs well with pasta with meat sauces and roasted and grilled meats.

technical data

GRAPES: 60% Carignano, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 10% Syrah
APPELLATION: Isola dei Nuraghi IGT
PH: 3.76
ACIDITY: 4.8 g/l
ABV: 15%
AGING: Matured 15 months in French oak barrels (10% new)

points of distinction

  • A modern blend made primarily from the Carignano grape
  • Matured 15 months in French oak barrels (10% new)
  • about the grape +
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Beside having all the characteristics of a great terroir the south west corner of Sardinia where Barrua and Narcao are located, has a great quality of light which makes the maturations of the grapes perfect and very complex.


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